Screening exams are medical tests done when you’re healthy. When your doctor suggests a screening test, it does not mean he or she thinks you are sick. Screening tests are done when you have no symptoms. They can help find cancer other diseases at an early stage, before symptoms appear. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat or cure.
Greenville Health System (GHS) has screening plans for men and women, based on their chances of getting cancer. The exam you get and how often you are tested depends on whether you are at average, increased, or high risk.
It’s important to know your family history. This information, along with your personal health history, helps your health care provider find out if you’re at increased or high risk. You and your health care provider can use this information to make a well-informed decision about screenings.
GHS recommends the following screening exams:
Annual exam with your primary care physician
Knowing when to get a mammogram, a colonoscopy or any other screening test can be confusing. However, these tests are important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and peace of mind for you and your family. The best protection is at times detection. Cancers found before they cause symptoms are the easiest to treat and cure.
If you are interested in getting screened, or you just have questions about when and how to get screened, please contact your primary care physician. We can help you decide which screening test is right for you, send you information, and arrange your screening. Schedule your screening appointment today by calling 455-7774 between 7:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.